Recent Apple Mac errors and issues and how to fix them

While Apple may make excellent, top of the line computers, they aren’t without the occasional flaw – today, we’re taking a look at five of the most common errors that people encounter with their Macs, and how to fix them.

Stuck on “Checking for updates”

If your machine seems to be checking for software updates for an extremely long time, it’s likely there was an error in the process.

A few things you can try:

  • Try booting the machine in Safe Mode: restarting your Mac and booting it in Safe Mode will restart MacOS with only the minimum components it needs to run. This will prevent third party applications from interfering with the software update.

  • First, shut down your Mac as normal.
    Then, boot the Mac while holding the Shift key.
    After the computer boots in Safe Mode, you can attempt the software update again.

  • Disable FileVault: occasionally, a feature in MacOS called FileVault can interfere with the software update process, as it attempts to encrypt the updated operating system.

  • Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy > FileVault.
    Select “Turn off FileVault”.
    After FileVault is turned off, you can attempt the software update again.

OneDrive bug

In January, Microsoft infuriated many Mac users by enforcing “Files-on-Demand” for all OneDrive users, effectively wiping all local copies of any synced files. This meant that users could no longer access their files without a constant internet connection, leading to a major backlash on forums and social media.

Overnight battery drain on MacOS Monterey 12.2

Last week, reports of a MacOS Monterey 12.2 bug causing overnight battery drain began to surface; machines would wake up from sleep repeatedly throughout the night, causing the battery to drain prematurely.

It appears Apple has resolved the issue in a new beta release of the operating system.

Low brightness on MacBook Pro XDR displays


Apple recently posted support documents addressing a problem with their XDR displays, stating that the displays can get too hot if the brightness is high for extended periods of time.

To resolve this issue, Apple recommends quitting any resource-intensive applications, closing any windows playing high-definition video, and reducing the ambient temperature of the room.

Mail notifications not working

If your Mail notifications have stopped appearing, there are a few things you can try:

  • Check that Mail notifications are enabled

  • Disable and re-enable email account

  • Disable Focus mode

  • Disable Share Across Devices on iPhone / iPad

  • Disable Protect Mail Activity

  • Stuck on “Checking for updates”

Still experiencing issues with Mac and IOS?

If you’ve tried this tips and still having problems, then consider talking to our experts at CyberCall Computer Repair Bristol who have specialists on hand to look at Apple mac repairs in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Whether it’s a software, hardware or specific issue on your device then feel free to contact one of our experts for a free consulation. We also offer expert data recovery services for those who may have lost data through any of the issues above.

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